Touch Blue (Paperback)

By Cynthia Lord

Scholastic Inc., 9780545035323, 192pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2012

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (2/24/2011)
Hardcover (8/1/2010)
Prebound (6/1/2012)

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Autumn 2010 Kids' Next List

“When foster children are sought by families living on a small island off the coast of Maine in an attempt to increase enrollment enough to save their tiny school, 11-year old Tess can't wait to have a big brother from the mainland. However, Aaron, a young musician, is less than happy to become an island-dweller far from all that he knows. Both have much to learn about change, strength and finding true happiness within themselves.”
— Jeanne Snyder, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
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An exquisite second novel from the Newbery Honor author of RULES! TOUCH BLUE, sure as certain, will touch your heart.

The state of Maine plans to shut down her island's schoolhouse, which would force Tess's family to move to the mainland--and Tess to leave the only home she has ever known. Fortunately, the islanders have a plan too: increase the numbers of students by having several families take in foster children. So now Tess and her family are taking a chance on Aaron, a thirteen-year-old trumpet player who has been bounced from home to home. And Tess needs a plan of her own--and all the luck she can muster. Will Tess's wish come true or will her luck run out?

Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord offers a warm-hearted, humorous, and thoughtful look at what it means to belong--and how lucky we feel when we do. Touch Blue, sure as certain, will touch your heart.

About the Author

Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of Rules, a Newbery Honor Book and a Schneider Family Book Award winner, as well as the critically acclaimed Half a Chance and A Handful of Stars. She made her picture-book debut with Hot Rod Hamster, which won several awards, including the Parents' Choice Award, and is the author of the Shelter Pet Squad chapter book series. She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at

Praise For Touch Blue

*"A thoughtful first-person narration . . . [Tess's] sense of humor keeps things light." -- The Horn Book, starred review

"Lord interlaces themes of loss, luck, superstition, family, and belonging . . . in this stirring novel." -- Publishers Weekly

"Realistic characters, humor, and a charming setting make this a great choice for collections of all sizes." -- Kirkus Reviews